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New Rottweiler Puppy !

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Hi Everyone , I am bringing home an 8 week old puppy next week and have a few questions for you guys !
I am very concerned about possible hip dysplasia even though mom was cleared with excellent hips. Unfortunately we live in a split level house with two sets of stairs to go down to get to the backyard .. So we decided to get a grass potty for our upper deck so our dog won鈥檛 have to use the stairs very often for potty time .. can anyone recommend a grass potty with tray that they used with success? Preferably one that they use even at 80 lbs ?

Also , when we pick her up from the breeder she would have had 2 sets of shots , 4 deworming treatments two weeks apart and would have an all clear from their vet the day before we pick her up . We were planning on taking her to our vet at 12 weeks for her third set of shots and another round of deworming .. would it be ok if she misses the 10 th week deworming ? We plan on keeping her off of grass and any other locations other than the vet until her 4 th round of shots at 16 weeks 馃槉
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Welcome to the forums!! I would not be too worried about hip dysplasia too much. Rottweiler puppies are pretty rough and tumble.
You mentioned the mother of your pup having excellent hips, what about elbows? Do the sire and dam of your pup have their hips, elbows, eyes and heart all cleared and available to be seen on OFA? Poor elbows can be a bigger worry than hips and it's common in the breed.

Good breeders have you take the puppy usually within 48 hours of bringing puppy home to your own vet for a checkup. It's often written in your contract.

Forget about a potty area. While still tiny you can carry the pup down the stairs for each potty...and in a few weeks keep your puppy on a leash and teach puppy to go down the stairs in a controlled manner. The leash will be your friend. Let your puppy run on your own grass...and take her to safe places where dogs have not gone to the bathroom. The vet is the worst place...to allow her to walk. Carry her in and bring a towel to put on the table.


Control her growth by feeding her a quality large breed puppy food...and don't overfeed. We will be waiting for pictures.:)
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Welcome to the forums!! I would not be too worried about hip dysplasia too much. Rottweiler puppies are pretty rough and tumble.
You mentioned the mother of your pup having excellent hips, what about elbows? Do the sire and dam of your pup have their hips, elbows, eyes and heart all cleared and available to be seen on OFA? Poor elbows can be a bigger worry than hips and it's common in the breed.

Good breeders have you take the puppy usually within 48 hours of bringing puppy home to your own vet for a checkup. It's often written in your contract.

Forget about a potty area. While still tiny you can carry the pup down the stairs for each potty...and in a few weeks keep your puppy on a leash and teach puppy to go down the stairs in a controlled manner. The leash will be your friend. Let your puppy run on your own grass...and take her to safe places where dogs have not gone to the bathroom. The vet is the worst place...to allow her to walk. Carry her in and bring a towel to put on the table.


Control her growth by feeding her a quality large breed puppy food...and don't overfeed. We will be waiting for pictures.:)
Thanks for your response! The dam鈥檚 elbows were tested as well and passed . The sire was not . We do want a potty for convenience too as it鈥檚 a lot of stairs and then thru the garage and down a few more stairs til the grass ! Plus we live in a cold climate with ice and snow and it would be easier for her to go potty right off the kitchen ..
We have had 5 Rottis and I would never train them to go on the deck. Just pick the puppy up to take it out. Do you know what that spot would smell like. When it is older it was trained to use the deck and would have to be retrained not to use it. We live in a climate like you describe and all our pets hve loved playing in the snow.
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Sounds like you may be in for some trouble getting a puppy from a BYB!! :(
No reputable, ethical breeder would breed their female to stud that has no health testing.
Having a puppy is work, and a pain. If it means taking puppy out every 30 minutes onto grass...that is what you do. Can you take the pup out the front door to pee/poop?? I agree with #5moose you don't want a puppy pissing/pooping on your deck, or teaching it to. I also live where there is cold, and snow almost 7 months a year....always took all of my pups/dogs outside on the grass/yard to do their business.

Puppy should be able to do the stairs quickly....just put puppy on a leash and control their speed....till they learn. This is a smart breed and she will learn to go into the grass and get down the deck stairs. As far as her hips...if she is prone to HD or elbow dysplasia ....it will come from genetics. Normal going up and down stairs (without jumping) will not damage hips or elbows.
Sounds like you may be in for some trouble getting a puppy from a BYB!! :(
No reputable, ethical breeder would breed their female to stud that has no health testing.
Having a puppy is work, and a pain. If it means taking puppy out every 30 minutes onto grass...that is what you do. Can you take the pup out the front door to pee/poop?? I agree with #5moose you don't want a puppy pissing/pooping on your deck, or teaching it to. I also live where there is cold, and snow almost 7 months a year....always took all of my pups/dogs outside on the grass/yard to do their business.

Puppy should be able to do the stairs quickly....just put puppy on a leash and control their speed....till they learn. This is a smart breed and she will learn to go into the grass and get down the deck stairs. As far as her hips...if she is prone to HD or elbow dysplasia ....it will come from genetics. Normal going up and down stairs (without jumping) will not damage hips or elbows.
I was thinking of using potty pads in a tray outside to be changed out twice a day because arent puppies not be outside on the grass until at least two rounds of shots ? She won鈥檛 have those until 11 weeks .. so if that鈥檚 the case where do I take her potty ? Thanks for you reply !
I was thinking of using potty pads in a tray outside to be changed out twice a day because arent puppies not be outside on the grass until at least two rounds of shots ? She won鈥檛 have those until 11 weeks .. so if that鈥檚 the case where do I take her potty ? Thanks for you reply !
I forgot to add that I can take her out front but that is also down 5 carpeted stairs , then 5 more outside to the grass
I was thinking of using potty pads in a tray outside to be changed out twice a day because arent puppies not be outside on the grass until at least two rounds of shots ? She won鈥檛 have those until 11 weeks .. so if that鈥檚 the case where do I take her potty ? Thanks for you reply !
No need for potty pads. I wish those things would be banned. Your puppy will just tear them up and again...you will be teaching her to pee on the deck. You want her to associate the grass with peeing and pooing. Have you ever had a dog before??
If she has had one round of vaccines, she will be fine in your own yard using it as her potty area. Going out the front door sounds fine too. Stairs are fine. It seems that you want the easy way out...and just have her pee where it's convenient for you. Start right at the beginning with her.

Is the breeder not starting them with pottying outside yet?? Often when pups are 5-8 weeks old breeders have them going outside in their own grass. Hopefully she will be started with house training before she leaves the breeder??
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Be prepared to take the puppy out every half hour. Praise and give a treat every time they pee or poop. I took them to the same spot every time I took them out.
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I am with my 3rd Rottie. We live in a back split-level home with 3 sets of 6 stairs. Bailey, my first one lived to the grand age of 11 with no problems with her legs. Hank is over 110 lb and he doesn't consider the stairs a hardship. Dixie is our 2 yr old and we have trouble slowing her down on the stairs. She hasn't had any mishaps or soreness from the stairs. We use all 4 levels of our home every day and where we are, the rotties are too.
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No need for potty pads. I wish those things would be banned. Your puppy will just tear them up and again...you will be teaching her to pee on the deck. You want her to associate the grass with peeing and pooing. Have you ever had a dog before??
If she has had one round of vaccines, she will be fine in your own yard using it as her potty area. Going out the front door sounds fine too. Stairs are fine. It seems that you want the easy way out...and just have her pee where it's convenient for you. Start right at the beginning with her.

Is the breeder not starting them with pottying outside yet?? Often when pups are 5-8 weeks old breeders have them going outside in their own grass. Hopefully she will be started with house training before she leaves the breeder??
I wasn鈥檛 trying to find an easy way for me , I was concerned about stairs and the only other outside area without stairs is the upper deck . I believe the breeder is starting on house training and yes I鈥檝e had a two Rottweilers before in a house with outstairs and my last dog I had for almost 14 years was a chihuahua
I am with my 3rd Rottie. We live in a back split-level home with 3 sets of 6 stairs. Bailey, my first one lived to the grand age of 11 with no problems with her legs. Hank is over 110 lb and he doesn't consider the stairs a hardship. Dixie is our 2 yr old and we have trouble slowing her down on the stairs. She hasn't had any mishaps or soreness from the stairs. We use all 4 levels of our home every day and where we are, the rotties are too.
thank you , that eases my mind a lot ! Did you feed them large breed puppy food when they were puppies? I was reading that helps a lot with potential hip dysplasia
I wasn鈥檛 trying to find an easy way for me , I was concerned about stairs and the only other outside area without stairs is the upper deck . I believe the breeder is starting on house training and yes I鈥檝e had a two Rottweilers before in a house with outstairs and my last dog I had for almost 14 years was a chihuahua

thank you , that eases my mind a lot ! Did you feed them large breed puppy food when they were puppies? I was reading that helps a lot with potential hip dysplasia
Yes, Purina Large Breed Puppy Food
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I would not recommend any of the Purina foods. Most of them are grain based and have very little meat. They also contain lots of corn and other by products. Here are the main ingredients of Purina Large Breed Puppy : Chicken, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole Grain Corn, Poultry By-Product Meal (Source of Glucosamine), Whole Grain Wheat, Beef Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Pea Fiber, Dried Egg Product, Fish Meal (Source of Glucosamine), Natural Flavor, Fish Oil, Soybean Oil
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